Published Apr 16, 2010When he's not cornering the organic food and wine-making market, Maynard James Keenan keeps busy with various musical endeavours, including Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer. Perhaps to remind us all that he still knows what he's doing in that arena, he's stepped out of his grape-stomping barrel to enter the studio with Tool.
TwentyFourBit points to a newsletter from the much-loved metal band, viewable here, which includes the following little tidbit:
Members of the band are still in the process of writing new material (three days a week), and with the latest leg of the "Puscifer" tour nearing completion, it shouldn't be long before the dry-erase board is filled with a bewildering array of color-coded intros, progressions, agitatos, con sordinos, crescendos, diatonics, inversions, resolutions, transitions, variations, obbligatos, consonance, and endings - the arrangements that millions will attempt to down-load off the internet. However, knowing that many Tool enthusiasts are impatient, I've decided (perhaps unwisely) to provide a tool, if you Will, to help speed up the process, as well as one to make other Tool-related desires become a reality.
That's all the letter really says about the new material, as the rest of the long piece contains a number of ridiculous acts one can perform to make Tool do certain things. For example, if you want Tool to tour the west coast, you just need to do this:
In an impregnable Goetic circle offer 3 pieces of Wonder Bread laden with unreal blue butterfly eyes and spread with mouse jam. Place Witches' Breath and Orion's Jewels in an empty Snapple bottle that was struck by lightning and bury in a place of your own choosing. To summon BANNETH (to do your bidding), utter the magic words: ZIPPITY DOO DAA ZIPPITY YEAH! Listen for voces magicae. If BANNETH refuses at first, petition him again, this time offering also green bees and popcorn. Discharge the rebellious spirit with the License to Depart.
Tool's last album was 10,000 Days, which came out in 2006.